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Ethiopian authorities have made a move in respect of a former intelligence chief widely reported to have superintended over systemic rights abuse during his tenure.

Getachew Assefa was fired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in 2018 as part of a housecleaning of regime officials mentioned in cases of rights abuse.

Who is getachew assefa?The BBC Amharic service quoted the Attorney General as telling parliament on Tuesday that the Tigray regional state was shielding Assefa from arrest.

The accused is currently a high ranking member of the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front – a bloc in the four party ruling coalition, the Ethiopia People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF.

Tigrayans held most influential roles in the security and economic sectors of government prior to the coming into office of Abiy. They have accused Abiy of ethnic cleansing and targeting of Tigrayans in an anti-corruption and human rights crackdown.

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